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- Peaceful and well-maintained site in the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel
- A few kilometres from a sandy beach
- Waterslides, outdoor pool, fishing pond, sundeck and tennis court
Electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch 6 x From £21.70/€25/$38.77/US$30.14/CA$36.72/CHF27.39/SEK254.22/DKK185.91/NOK250.76/ISK3,763/ARS2,826.45/CLP21,091/PEN115.14/NZ$41.72/ZAR428.34/PLN114.33/R$159.10/CZK643.10/RSD2,944/HUF8,962.25/RUB2,238.47/CN¥194.82 per night Electric grass touring pitch (comfort) 6 x From £26.91/€31/$48.08/US$37.37/CA$45.53/CHF33.96/SEK315.24/DKK230.52/NOK310.94/ISK4,666/ARS3,504.80/CLP26,152/PEN142.78/NZ$51.73/ZAR531.15/PLN141.77/R$197.28/CZK797.45/RSD3,651/HUF11,113.19/RUB2,775.70/CN¥241.57 per night
- Family-run site close to Cabopino beach in Marbella
- Two swimming pools, outdoor gym and a pétanque court
- Computer courses and Spanish classes available in winter
Electric gravel motorhome pitch 6 x From £13.54/€15.60/$24.19/US$18.81/CA$22.91/CHF17.09/SEK158.63/DKK116.01/NOK156.47/ISK2,348/ARS1,763.70/CLP13,161/PEN71.85/NZ$26.03/ZAR267.29/PLN71.34/R$99.28/CZK401.30/RSD1,837/HUF5,592.44/RUB1,396.81/CN¥121.57 per night Electric gravel tent, trailer tent or touring caravan pitch 6 x From £14.06/€16.20/$25.13/US$19.53/CA$23.79/CHF17.75/SEK164.74/DKK120.47/NOK162.49/ISK2,438/ARS1,831.54/CLP13,667/PEN74.61/NZ$27.03/ZAR277.57/PLN74.09/R$103.10/CZK416.73/RSD1,908/HUF5,807.54/RUB1,450.53/CN¥126.24 per night Marbella 2 bedroom mobile home 5 x From £82.47/€95/$147.34/US$114.52/CA$139.53/CHF104.07/SEK966.04/DKK706.44/NOK952.87/ISK14,298/ARS10,740.50/CLP80,144/PEN437.54/NZ$158.53/ZAR1,627.71/PLN434.46/R$604.58/CZK2,443.79/RSD11,188/HUF34,056.55/RUB8,506.19/CN¥740.31 per night
- Family-friendly site three kilometres from Saint Gilles Croix de Vie
- Indoor and outdoor swimming pools; 10 minutes' walk from the beach
- Activities and entertainment for all ages during high season
Non-electric grass and sand pitch 6 x From £16.41/€18.90/$29.31/US$22.78/CA$27.76/CHF20.70/SEK192.19/DKK140.55/NOK189.57/ISK2,845/ARS2,136.79/CLP15,944/PEN87.05/NZ$31.54/ZAR323.83/PLN86.44/R$120.28/CZK486.18/RSD2,226/HUF6,775.46/RUB1,692.28/CN¥147.28 per night Electric grass and sand pitch (comfort) 6 x From £19.88/€22.90/$35.52/US$27.61/CA$33.63/CHF25.09/SEK232.87/DKK170.29/NOK229.69/ISK3,447/ARS2,589.03/CLP19,319/PEN105.47/NZ$38.21/ZAR392.36/PLN104.73/R$145.73/CZK589.08/RSD2,697/HUF8,209.42/RUB2,050.44/CN¥178.45 per night
- Friendly family park a short walk from the beach
- Spectacular waterpark with indoor and outdoor pools
- Boules, fitness centre, bouncy castle and summer entertainment
Electric grass tent, trailer tent or touring caravan pitch 6 x From £8.59/€9.90/$15.35/US$11.93/CA$14.54/CHF10.85/SEK100.67/DKK73.62/NOK99.30/ISK1,490/ARS1,119.27/CLP8,352/PEN45.60/NZ$16.52/ZAR169.62/PLN45.28/R$63/CZK254.67/RSD1,166/HUF3,549.05/RUB886.43/CN¥77.15 per night
- Benidorm site 15 minutes walk from Levante Beach
- Indoor and outdoor pools
- Restaurant serving local meals
Electric optional gravel pitch 6 x From £18.67/€21.50/$33.35/US$25.92/CA$31.58/CHF23.55/SEK218.63/DKK159.88/NOK215.65/ISK3,236/ARS2,430.75/CLP18,138/PEN99.02/NZ$35.88/ZAR368.38/PLN98.33/R$136.82/CZK553.07/RSD2,532/HUF7,707.54/RUB1,925.08/CN¥167.54 per night
- Seaside site 20 metres from the D-Day landing beach of Utah
- Heated indoor pool, outdoor pool and paddling pool
- Mini farm, bouncy castle, playground, games room and trampolines
Electric grass pitch 6 x From £23.44/€27/$41.88/US$32.55/CA$39.66/CHF29.58/SEK274.56/DKK200.78/NOK270.82/ISK4,064/ARS3,052.56/CLP22,778/PEN124.35/NZ$45.05/ZAR462.61/PLN123.48/R$171.83/CZK694.55/RSD3,180/HUF9,679.23/RUB2,417.55/CN¥210.40 per night
- Well-appointed holiday park in the grounds of a French manor
- Handy for Calais, Grand Site des Deux-Caps, theme parks and waterparks
- Two playgrounds, nine-hole miniature golf course and volleyball
Electric grass pitch 6 x From £17.80/€20.50/$31.79/US$24.71/CA$30.11/CHF22.46/SEK208.46/DKK152.44/NOK205.62/ISK3,085/ARS2,317.69/CLP17,294/PEN94.42/NZ$34.21/ZAR351.24/PLN93.75/R$130.46/CZK527.34/RSD2,414/HUF7,349.05/RUB1,835.55/CN¥159.75 per night
- Well-maintained seven-hectare holiday park an hour's drive from Paris
- Disneyland Paris and Parc Astérix less than an hour's drive
- Heated indoor and outdoor pools, play area, tennis court and bar
Electric grass pitch 6 x From £20.84/€24/$37.22/US$28.93/CA$35.25/CHF26.29/SEK244.05/DKK178.47/NOK240.72/ISK3,612/ARS2,713.39/CLP20,247/PEN110.54/NZ$40.05/ZAR411.21/PLN109.76/R$152.73/CZK617.38/RSD2,826/HUF8,603.76/RUB2,148.93/CN¥187.03 per night
- Family-friendly site on four hectares of hills and woodland
- A five-minute drive from Veillon beach: free shuttle bus in summer
- Indoor pool, playground, aqua aerobics, sports field and restaurant
Electric optional grass and earth tent pitch 6 x From £14.76/€17/$26.37/US$20.49/CA$24.97/CHF18.62/SEK172.87/DKK126.42/NOK170.51/ISK2,559/ARS1,921.98/CLP14,342/PEN78.30/NZ$28.37/ZAR291.27/PLN77.75/R$108.19/CZK437.31/RSD2,002/HUF6,094.33/RUB1,522.16/CN¥132.48 per night Emplacement Camping-car electric optional grass and earth touring pitch 6 x From £14.76/€17/$26.37/US$20.49/CA$24.97/CHF18.62/SEK172.87/DKK126.42/NOK170.51/ISK2,559/ARS1,921.98/CLP14,342/PEN78.30/NZ$28.37/ZAR291.27/PLN77.75/R$108.19/CZK437.31/RSD2,002/HUF6,094.33/RUB1,522.16/CN¥132.48 per night 3 bedroom mobile home (value) 8 x From £34.68/€39.95/$61.96/US$48.16/CA$58.68/CHF43.76/SEK406.25/DKK297.08/NOK400.71/ISK6,013/ARS4,516.66/CLP33,703/PEN184/NZ$66.66/ZAR684.49/PLN182.70/R$254.24/CZK1,027.68/RSD4,705/HUF14,321.68/RUB3,577.08/CN¥311.32 per night 4 bedroom mobile home (comfort) 8 x From £45.14/€52/$80.65/US$62.69/CA$76.38/CHF56.96/SEK528.78/DKK386.68/NOK521.57/ISK7,826/ARS5,879.01/CLP43,868/PEN239.50/NZ$86.77/ZAR890.96/PLN237.81/R$330.93/CZK1,337.65/RSD6,124/HUF18,641.48/RUB4,656.02/CN¥405.22 per night
- Well-equipped park set seven kilometres from Benidorm
- Five-minute drive to L’Alfàs del Pi and the beach at L’Albir
- Indoor and outdoor pools, spa, sauna and Jacuzzi, restaurant and bar
Electric optional asphalt pitch 5 x From £15.63/€18/$27.92/US$21.70/CA$26.44/CHF19.72/SEK183.04/DKK133.85/NOK180.54/ISK2,709/ARS2,035.04/CLP15,185/PEN82.90/NZ$30.04/ZAR308.41/PLN82.32/R$114.55/CZK463.03/RSD2,120/HUF6,452.82/RUB1,611.70/CN¥140.27 per 60 nights
- Surrounded by a peaceful woodland and a small river
- A short drive from the Lake of Banyoles
- Three pools, restaurant, playground and sports courts
Electric optional grass pitch 6 x From £19.01/€21.90/$33.97/US$26.40/CA$32.17/CHF23.99/SEK222.70/DKK162.85/NOK219.66/ISK3,296/ARS2,475.97/CLP18,475/PEN100.86/NZ$36.54/ZAR375.23/PLN100.16/R$139.37/CZK563.36/RSD2,579/HUF7,850.93/RUB1,960.90/CN¥170.66 per night
- Costa Brava site an easy stroll from sandy Mediterranean beach
- A 45-minute drive from Girona; an hour and 15 minutes from Barcelona
- Pools, bars, restaurants, supermarket, spa, hot tub and cinema on site
Fully-serviced earth pitch 6 x From £23.18/€26.70/$41.41/US$32.19/CA$39.22/CHF29.25/SEK271.51/DKK198.55/NOK267.81/ISK4,019/ARS3,018.65/CLP22,525/PEN122.97/NZ$44.55/ZAR457.47/PLN122.11/R$169.92/CZK686.83/RSD3,144/HUF9,571.68/RUB2,390.69/CN¥208.07 per night L5 2 bedroom cottage / chalet / bungalow 5 x From £51.22/€59/$91.51/US$71.13/CA$86.66/CHF64.63/SEK599.96/DKK438.74/NOK591.78/ISK8,880/ARS6,670.42/CLP49,774/PEN271.74/NZ$98.45/ZAR1,010.89/PLN269.82/R$375.47/CZK1,517.72/RSD6,948/HUF21,150.91/RUB5,282.79/CN¥459.77 per night L6 3 bedroom cottage / chalet / bungalow 6 x From £59.90/€69/$107.02/US$83.18/CA$101.34/CHF75.59/SEK701.65/DKK513.10/NOK692.08/ISK10,385/ARS7,801/CLP58,210/PEN317.79/NZ$115.14/ZAR1,182.23/PLN315.56/R$439.11/CZK1,774.96/RSD8,126/HUF24,735.81/RUB6,178.18/CN¥537.70 per night
- Family-friendly site 1km from La Trinité sur Mer: free summer shuttle
- Jacuzzi, paddling pool and heated pool with waterslides
- Bouncy castle, playground and summer activities/theme nights
Electric optional grass pitch 6 x From £13.02/€15/$23.26/US$18.08/CA$22.03/CHF16.43/SEK152.53/DKK111.54/NOK150.45/ISK2,258/ARS1,695.87/CLP12,654/PEN69.09/NZ$25.03/ZAR257.01/PLN68.60/R$95.46/CZK385.86/RSD1,766/HUF5,377.35/RUB1,343.08/CN¥116.89 per night 3 bedroom mobile home 8 x From £111.12/€128/$198.52/US$154.31/CA$188/CHF140.22/SEK1,301.62/DKK951.84/NOK1,283.87/ISK19,265/ARS14,471.42/CLP107,984/PEN589.53/NZ$213.59/ZAR2,193.12/PLN585.38/R$814.59/CZK3,292.68/RSD15,074/HUF45,886.73/RUB11,460.97/CN¥997.47 per 2 nights
- Peaceful, rural glamping haven among acres of farmland with lake views
- Market Rasen within 15 minutes’ drive and Tealby 20 minutes away
- Adults-only spa on site with pool, sauna, hot tub and treatment room
Bell tent (two man) 2 x From £65/€74.87/$116.12/US$90.26/CA$109.97/CHF82.02/SEK761.36/DKK556.76/NOK750.97/ISK11,269/ARS8,464.79/CLP63,163/PEN344.83/NZ$124.94/ZAR1,282.83/PLN342.41/R$476.48/CZK1,925.99/RSD8,817/HUF26,840.61/RUB6,703.89/CN¥583.45 per night Bell tent (four man, superior) 4 x From £75/€86.39/$133.99/US$104.14/CA$126.89/CHF94.64/SEK878.49/DKK642.42/NOK866.51/ISK13,002/ARS9,767.07/CLP72,881/PEN397.89/NZ$144.16/ZAR1,480.18/PLN395.09/R$549.78/CZK2,222.30/RSD10,174/HUF30,969.94/RUB7,735.25/CN¥673.21 per night
- On a peaceful Picardy farm 20 minutes' drive from the beach
- Spa, sauna, heated pool, piano bar, library and gym
- Dance evenings, casino nights, themed dinners, bingo and kids' club
Electric optional asphalt touring pitch 6 x From £18.23/€21/$32.57/US$25.32/CA$30.84/CHF23/SEK213.55/DKK156.16/NOK210.63/ISK3,161/ARS2,374.22/CLP17,716/PEN96.72/NZ$35.04/ZAR359.81/PLN96.04/R$133.64/CZK540.21/RSD2,473/HUF7,528.29/RUB1,880.31/CN¥163.65 per night Electric optional grass tent, trailer tent or touring caravan pitch 6 x From £18.23/€21/$32.57/US$25.32/CA$30.84/CHF23/SEK213.55/DKK156.16/NOK210.63/ISK3,161/ARS2,374.22/CLP17,716/PEN96.72/NZ$35.04/ZAR359.81/PLN96.04/R$133.64/CZK540.21/RSD2,473/HUF7,528.29/RUB1,880.31/CN¥163.65 per night Sympa 2 bedroom mobile home 4 x From £52.96/€61/$94.61/US$73.54/CA$89.59/CHF66.82/SEK620.30/DKK453.61/NOK611.84/ISK9,181/ARS6,896.53/CLP51,461/PEN280.95/NZ$101.79/ZAR1,045.16/PLN278.97/R$388.20/CZK1,569.17/RSD7,184/HUF21,867.89/RUB5,461.87/CN¥475.36 per night Bohème 1 bedroom mobile home 2 x From £60.77/€70/$108.57/US$84.39/CA$102.81/CHF76.68/SEK711.82/DKK520.54/NOK702.11/ISK10,536/ARS7,914.06/CLP59,054/PEN322.40/NZ$116.81/ZAR1,199.36/PLN320.13/R$445.48/CZK1,800.68/RSD8,244/HUF25,094.30/RUB6,267.72/CN¥545.49 per night 2 bedroom mobile home (comfort) 5 x From £68.58/€79/$122.53/US$95.24/CA$116.03/CHF86.54/SEK803.34/DKK587.46/NOK792.39/ISK11,890/ARS8,931.58/CLP66,646/PEN363.85/NZ$131.83/ZAR1,353.57/PLN361.29/R$502.75/CZK2,032.20/RSD9,303/HUF28,320.71/RUB7,073.57/CN¥615.63 per night Cosy 2 bedroom mobile home 4 x From £68.58/€79/$122.53/US$95.24/CA$116.03/CHF86.54/SEK803.34/DKK587.46/NOK792.39/ISK11,890/ARS8,931.58/CLP66,646/PEN363.85/NZ$131.83/ZAR1,353.57/PLN361.29/R$502.75/CZK2,032.20/RSD9,303/HUF28,320.71/RUB7,073.57/CN¥615.63 per night 3 bedroom mobile home (privilege) 6 x From £79.87/€92/$142.69/US$110.91/CA$135.13/CHF100.78/SEK935.54/DKK684.13/NOK922.78/ISK13,847/ARS10,401.33/CLP77,613/PEN423.72/NZ$153.52/ZAR1,576.31/PLN420.74/R$585.48/CZK2,366.61/RSD10,834/HUF32,981.08/RUB8,237.57/CN¥716.93 per night
- Green site within easy reach of Calais, Boulogne and Saint-Omer
- Playground, bouncy castle and summer activities for kids and teens
- Indoor pool with retractable roof, next to the terrace restaurant
Electric optional grass pitch 6 x From £15.63/€18/$27.92/US$21.70/CA$26.44/CHF19.72/SEK183.04/DKK133.85/NOK180.54/ISK2,709/ARS2,035.04/CLP15,185/PEN82.90/NZ$30.04/ZAR308.41/PLN82.32/R$114.55/CZK463.03/RSD2,120/HUF6,452.82/RUB1,611.70/CN¥140.27 per night
- Well-equipped family park with direct beach access and a heated pool
- Under 10 minutes’ drive from 17 kilometres of beaches at Ploemeur
- Surf school, bar-brewery, trampoline, activities and pedal car hire
Evasion electric optional grass pitch 8 x From £20.55/€23.67/$36.71/US$28.53/CA$34.77/CHF25.93/SEK240.70/DKK176.02/NOK237.41/ISK3,563/ARS2,676.08/CLP19,969/PEN109.02/NZ$39.50/ZAR405.56/PLN108.25/R$150.63/CZK608.89/RSD2,788/HUF8,485.46/RUB2,119.38/CN¥184.45 per night 2 bedroom mobile home (comfort, open balcony) 6 x From £112.86/€130/$201.62/US$156.72/CA$190.94/CHF142.41/SEK1,321.95/DKK966.71/NOK1,303.93/ISK19,566/ARS14,697.53/CLP109,671/PEN598.74/NZ$216.93/ZAR2,227.39/PLN594.53/R$827.31/CZK3,344.13/RSD15,310/HUF46,603.71/RUB11,640.04/CN¥1,013.06 per night 2 bedroom mobile home (sea view, open balcony) 6 x From £112.86/€130/$201.62/US$156.72/CA$190.94/CHF142.41/SEK1,321.95/DKK966.71/NOK1,303.93/ISK19,566/ARS14,697.53/CLP109,671/PEN598.74/NZ$216.93/ZAR2,227.39/PLN594.53/R$827.31/CZK3,344.13/RSD15,310/HUF46,603.71/RUB11,640.04/CN¥1,013.06 per night 3 bedroom mobile home (comfort) 6 x From £112.86/€130/$201.62/US$156.72/CA$190.94/CHF142.41/SEK1,321.95/DKK966.71/NOK1,303.93/ISK19,566/ARS14,697.53/CLP109,671/PEN598.74/NZ$216.93/ZAR2,227.39/PLN594.53/R$827.31/CZK3,344.13/RSD15,310/HUF46,603.71/RUB11,640.04/CN¥1,013.06 per night
- Among Tuscany vineyards with green hill views all around
- A 15-minute drive from Murlo and 30 from Siena
- Pool, paddling pool, hot tub, restaurant and bar with terrace
Electric optional gravel and earth motorhome pitch unlimited x From £24.74/€28.50/$44.20/US$34.36/CA$41.86/CHF31.22/SEK289.81/DKK211.93/NOK285.86/ISK4,290/ARS3,222.15/CLP24,043/PEN131.26/NZ$47.56/ZAR488.31/PLN130.34/R$181.37/CZK733.14/RSD3,356/HUF10,216.97/RUB2,551.86/CN¥222.09 per night Electric optional grass and gravel tent pitch (two man) 2 x From £25.18/€29/$44.98/US$34.96/CA$42.59/CHF31.77/SEK294.90/DKK215.65/NOK290.88/ISK4,365/ARS3,278.68/CLP24,465/PEN133.57/NZ$48.39/ZAR496.88/PLN132.63/R$184.55/CZK746/RSD3,415/HUF10,396.21/RUB2,596.63/CN¥225.99 per night Electric optional gravel and earth tent pitch (large) unlimited x From £26.04/€30/$46.53/US$36.17/CA$44.06/CHF32.86/SEK305.07/DKK223.09/NOK300.91/ISK4,515/ARS3,391.74/CLP25,309/PEN138.17/NZ$50.06/ZAR514.01/PLN137.20/R$190.92/CZK771.72/RSD3,533/HUF10,754.70/RUB2,686.16/CN¥233.78 per night Electric optional gravel and earth touring caravan pitch unlimited x From £26.48/€30.50/$47.30/US$36.77/CA$44.80/CHF33.41/SEK310.15/DKK226.81/NOK305.92/ISK4,591/ARS3,448.27/CLP25,731/PEN140.47/NZ$50.90/ZAR522.58/PLN139.49/R$194.10/CZK784.58/RSD3,592/HUF10,933.95/RUB2,730.93/CN¥237.68 per night
- Friendly site 800 metres from the beach and shops of Les Becs
- Close to seaside towns Saint-Jean-de-Monts and Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez
- Indoor pool complex with spa, solarium and heated outdoor pool
Electric grass pitch 6 x From £16.93/€19.50/$30.24/US$23.51/CA$28.64/CHF21.36/SEK198.29/DKK145.01/NOK195.59/ISK2,935/ARS2,204.63/CLP16,451/PEN89.81/NZ$32.54/ZAR334.11/PLN89.18/R$124.10/CZK501.62/RSD2,296/HUF6,990.56/RUB1,746.01/CN¥151.96 per night 2 bedroom mobile home 5 x From £112.86/€130/$201.62/US$156.72/CA$190.94/CHF142.41/SEK1,321.95/DKK966.71/NOK1,303.93/ISK19,566/ARS14,697.53/CLP109,671/PEN598.74/NZ$216.93/ZAR2,227.39/PLN594.53/R$827.31/CZK3,344.13/RSD15,310/HUF46,603.71/RUB11,640.04/CN¥1,013.06 per 2 nights
- Stay at a family site in the grounds of a stunning 19th-century castle
- Cyclists' paradise: on-site bike rental, access to Vélodyssée route
- Pool, waterslides, fishing lake, miniature golf, massages all on site
Electric grass pitch 6 x From £16.49/€19/$29.47/US$22.90/CA$27.91/CHF20.81/SEK193.21/DKK141.29/NOK190.57/ISK2,860/ARS2,148.10/CLP16,029/PEN87.51/NZ$31.71/ZAR325.54/PLN86.89/R$120.92/CZK488.76/RSD2,238/HUF6,811.31/RUB1,701.24/CN¥148.06 per night
The sheer simplicity of back to basics camping – field, tent, sleep, repeat – is a blessing for folk whose synapses have been doing overtime dealing with work, constant connection and life in general (if you fancy a taste of that approach, have a look at our wild-style campsites here). But – and we’ve got to be honest here – it’s not always what you’re in the mood for, especially if you’re holidaying with kids who need to be entertained.
And that’s where our collection of campsites with indoor pools comes in. Read on for our top three reasons why indoor pools make an excellent addition to outdoor breaks, or scroll down to our tips on campsite pool etiquette and how to find a perfect site with a pool if you need no convincing.
Swimming is one of the most inclusive sports out there – regardless of age or ability, once you’ve mastered the basics you’re free to take a dip pretty much anywhere. It also helps to burn calories (not that you should be overly worried about that – we’re talking about holidays here after all…).
As it’s a low-impact activity that won’t leave your body in need of hours of recovery time, swimming is easily compatible with a wide range of holidays, whether you’re planning on spending almost all your time by the pool or are just an occasional swimmer.
The rest is up to you – your swims can follow a rigorous regime (for which there are plenty of handy training apps you can download straight to your phone), or you can freestyle the whole time.
Picking a campsite with an indoor swimming pool makes excellent sense if you’ve got kids to entertain. Of course, you’ll come along with plans for all the days out you’ll want to pack into your break too, but sometimes you’ll need a straightforward (and cheap) way to fill a few hours in between.
As a rule, a having access to an inside pool is pretty enjoyable in and of itself, but if you’re looking for something particularly entertaining you might want to look for specific facilities alongside it:
An excellent all-weather option
An indoor pool really comes into its own when the weather takes a turn, whether you want a way to stay active when holidaying in the chillier off-season months or are scouting out a back-up option for a beachside break.
Because it’s not weather-reliant, an indoor or covered pool is also more likely to be open for a longer chunk of the season rather than being a facility that’s only used in the height of summer (something worth bearing in mind for Easter or half-term breaks).
Top tips for a smooth trip
Indoor pool etiquette
Pool rules vary from country to country and from site to site. In France, for instance, male guests will almost certainly be asked to wear speedo-style briefs rather than roomier trunks or board shorts, with similar rules applying to swimming caps in countries like Italy and Belgium too.
Once you’ve sorted out what you need to wear, there’s the question of what is and isn’t allowed at your site’s indoor pool. Spitting, bombing and ducking are (for obvious reasons) shunned almost everywhere, but some pools will be more relaxed about splashing and bringing along floats or toys.
As a general rule, big covered waterparks where you can clamber over islands and get splashed by fountains will be more likely to tolerate such behaviour, while campsites with pools that are divided into neat and tidy lanes will probably want to avoid any disruption to the flow. If in doubt, check with site staff before heading to the changing rooms.
Running, jumping and glass by the pool are all out. Make sure that there is a lifeguard on duty, especially if you’re not yet a confident swimmer. Don’t let kids swim unsupervised – generally swimming is a very safe sport, but accidents do happen, especially when there isn’t an adult around making sure nothing’s going wrong.
Also remember that pools can be vectors for coughs, colds and verrucas, so stay well away from the pool if you’ve developed any tell-tale symptoms during your trip.
Find what you’re looking for…
If a campsite has seen fit to invest in something as fancy as an indoor pool, it’s likely that the owners will have given a fair amount of attention to other facilities too. Because of this, it shouldn’t be difficult to find a site with the right combination of an outdoor pool and other amenities near you.
Perhaps you’d like to add a touch of convenience to your poolside break by looking out for a place with a bar, a play area or a café (a handy feature for folk who aren’t entirely sure of their camping stove skills). Whatever you’re looking for, use our tick-box filters to find a campsite or glampsite with an outdoor pool for a wide range of destinations and budgets. Popular options include:
…then pack up and go
As well as packing your regular kit (for which you’ll want to see our ultimate camping checklist), have a think about the things you’ll want to bring along on a holiday with an indoor pool. Use the list below to avoid a panicked dash to the nearest sports shop on arrival:
Swimming costume/swimming trunks (special rules apply in certain countries)
A swimming cap
Swimming goggles (chlorinated pools may make your eyes sore without them)
Inflatable armbands (especially if there’s a novice in your group)
Shower gel (for before and after your swim)
Moisturiser (all the chemicals in indoor pools can leave the skin feeling dry)
Coins (for lockers)
A water bottle (it seems silly, but swimmers often get dehydrated)
A woggle/noodle/lightsaber (relaxed pools may allow toys like this; they go by many different names…)